Striker Tom Bradshaw could return for Millwall when they face Derby County on Saturday, with manager Gary Rowett hopeful that Murray Wallace and Maikel Kieftenbeld could be available before the international break later this month.
Bradshaw – who has scored three times in 21 league appearances this season – hasn’t featured for Millwall since their defeat at Barnsley due to an Achilles problem.
Wallace meanwhile, has been absent since the start of the year with a broken foot, while Kieftenbeld, a January signing from Birmingham, has missed the Lions’ last seven games with a hamstring problem.
Now however, it seems as though the trio are all closing in on a return to action, with Bradshaw seemingly the most likely to against the Rams at Pride Park on Saturday.
Providing an update on his side’s fitness situation ahead of that match, Rowett was quoted by News at Den as saying: “I think there’s a chance we’ll see Murray in the next three games. He’s making good progress.
“Depending on the scan results at the end of this week there is a chance we’ll see Maikel Kieftenbeld.
“I’d expect Bradders to be available for the next game and after that it’s probably doubtful anyone else will be back before the international break. So it’s where we thought it was.”
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As a result of that update, it appears that Connor Mahoney, Ryan Leonard and Kenneth Zohore, who are all also currently out injured, will be unavailable until Millwall’s clash with Rotherham on the 2nd April at the earliest.
Millwall will also be without on loan left-back Scott Malone on Saturday, with the 29-year-old ineligible to face his parent club.
After seeing their injury list grow in recent weeks, this update will be something of a welcome one for Millwall.
You are always going to prefer to see players coming back from injury than becoming unavailable for fitness reasons, so this is a boost for Millwall.
Indeed, with plenty of football still to be played between now and the end of the season, you do feel as though Millwall will need as many options as possible available for the run in.
If however, Wallace is not fit enough to feature at the weekend, it could cause Rowett’s side something of an issue on the left of their defence with Malone ineligible.